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MARCH 2012

P.O. B 306, R, MN 55374  763.496.2400

What is Lent? Lent is the Chrisan season of preparaon before Easter. Ash Wednesday marks the ďŹ rst day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days (not including Sundays) prior to Easter. The forty days of Lent recall the 40-day fast of Jesus in the wilderness a3er his bapsm (Ma5hew 4:2, Luke 4:1-2) and Moses' 40-day fast on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:28). Lent is a me when we prepare for Easter by observing a period of prayer, service, moderaon, selfexaminaon and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside me for reecon on Jesus Christ - his suering and his sacriďŹ ce, his life, death, burial and resurrecon.

Experience Lent at Word of Peace Wednesdays, February 29-March 28 Lenten Dinners - 5:00-7:00pm

Lenten Worship - 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LENTEN DRAMAS In the ďŹ ve Wednesdays of Lent this year, we will see The Five Faces of Lent: a dramac series that features ďŹ ve of the men connected with the cruciďŹ xion and death of Jesus. We will look upon Judas, the betraying disciple; Caiaphas, the high priest who engineered the plot against Jesus; Barrabas, the thief who was released from his death sentence instead of Jesus; Dismas, the thief who was cruciďŹ ed with Jesus on Calvary and became a believer on the cross; and Peter, the braggadocios disciple and ďŹ erce defender of Jesus, who in the end denied The Five Faces of Lent him three mes. As we take this journey together, we will see a bit of ourselves in each of these ďŹ ve men and see what a dierence Jesus’ presence can make in a life. We will also celebrate the season with the Holden Evening Prayer Service. Wednesday Lenten Worship begins on February 29th and runs through March 28th. Services are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Lenten Suppers will be served from 5-7:00pm.


Happenings Help Beau fy the Sanctuary for Easter! The Visual Ministry Team is selling tulips, hydrangeas, and Easter lilies to adorn the altar area and plants can be purchased in memory or honor of a loved one. Tulips & Lilies are $10 and Hydrangeas are $15, and will be for sale in the Gathering Area on February 19th, 26th, and March 4th. Flowers may be picked up right a3er the last service on Easter Sunday. Thank you for making the church beauful for Easter with your gi3 of flowers!

church. Thank you for your support and we wish you a colorful spring!

Missionary Updates from Japan—Would you like to stay be5er connected to the lives & ministry of the Bencke’s in Japan? Sign up to receive their e-mail newsle5er! Put your contact info. on the Missionary Support board in the North Gathering Area or contact Jackie Bencke at jacqueline.bencke@gmail.com.

“Cra) Connec on” Group Now Forming—A group is now forming for those interested in doing cra3 projects at the church, either mornings or a3ernoons during the week. Bring your own cra3 to work on while you fellowship with others. If interested, contact Bernice at 763-428-0771 a3er March 5th. More informaon will be given once dates are determined.

Plant Sale Packets Available March 18th—Spring is coming soon and that means the annual Youth Plant Sale is right around the corner!

Thank You to the Many Hands and Loving Hearts who helped support the memorial and funeral services for 16 year-old Luke Letellier, who lost his life a3er a 2-year ba5le with cancer on February 11th. There was a tremendous amount of planning and preparaon that was needed to support the Letellier family, friends, STMA High School staff and St. Michael/Albertville community. We could not have achieved such a huge undertaking without our amazing volunteers!

March 18—Plant sale packets will be available April 15—Packets/orders are due to the Youth office May 11—Delivery of plants Order your plants from a youth a5ending the Naonal Youth Gathering or Summer Camp. Have them delivered to your home or come and pick them out yourself at

women’s

retreat

Friday, March 30 6:00-9:00pm Saturday, March 31 9:00am-3:30pm

Courageous:

Minot Mission Trip Flood Clean-Up—Our Friends in Minot, ND sll need our help! Our church conference is organizing a mission trip to Minot with Lutheran Disaster Relief, and you’re invited. 5-day trip, $60 fee plus shared travel costs. April 18-22, 25-29, or May 26. To learn more, e-mail social@wordofpeace.org or visit the Informaon Desk.

How Can I Keep from Singing? Faith & Friends in Hard Times We are privileged to have Marilyn Sharpe as our guest this year. Marilyn is a dynamic and well-known speaker who has the gift of hospitality, encouragement, and she is engages women of all ages. Come join us for a relaxing time of fun, food and fellowship. Cost is $25. All women are welcome! More information and sign-up will be available in the Gathering Area throughout March. Contact Carol at 763-420-2146 with questions.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. — Joshua 24:15

Our Courageous theme will include the new-release Christian film of the same name and discussion about family roles. Our featured speaker is Pastor Mark Marxhausen. If you haven’t heard any of Mark’s messages (in person or podcast) and dynamic speaking style, you won’t want to miss this Men’s Retreat! We will share in a breakfast meal, a catered lunch from Linda’s Café, fellowship, communion, and more. This event is open to all men, members and non-members, ages 14-and older. Cost is $25. More information and sign-up tables will be available in the Gathering Area throughout March. This will be a fun, engaging and spiritually fulfilling event! Contact Carolyn at 763-428-5338 with questions. 2

Saturday, March 17 8am-4pm


Music & Worship

Voices Needed for Holy Week & Easter The Fesval Chorus will start rehearsing on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:45pm to prepare music for Holy Week and Easter. This is a four week commitment for the singers and everyone who would like to parcipate is welcome to come and sing. Contact Michael Sahlen at msahlen@woplc.org or 763-496-2412 for more informaon.

Word of Peace Seniors Please contact Judy Hanson at 763-428-7657 for resource, community or general informaon for seniors. If you’d like to subscribe to the Senior Newsle5er, call 763-241-3520. Or, you can read the newsle5er online by going to www.seniors.cityofrogers.org. Date

Time

Activity

Cost/Details

Contact

Thursdays

10:00am

Thursday Senior Shop Rogers Bus

$1.00 per rider

Judy 763-428-7657

3/4

1-5pm

Jammers Pot Luck & Music

Rogers Community Center (eat at 4pm)

Dave 763-428-4217

Tuesdays

2:30-3:30pm

Fit & Fun Exercise for Seniors

North Ballet Academy Hwy. 101 & CR 141

Barb at 763-429-4955

3/13

9:30am

Kids-Care Bus: Wal-Mart/Maple Grove Stores

$1.00 per rider

Judy 763-428-7657

3/15

10am-1pm

Care Care: Talk & Training with a Mechanic

Rogers Community Center

This will be a monthly event

3/16

9-10:30am

Breakfast at Denny’s in Rogers

Menu items for $6.99

Margaret 763-428-8650

3/21

1:30-3pm

Memory Loss Support Group at Wellstead

For family members caring for loved ones

Heidi at 763-428-8181

2/28

3-5 pm

Happy Hour at Dehns in Dayton

Early dinner $3.95, drinks not included

Margaret 763-428-8650

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“I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have li5le, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11b-13)

onship with our creator? Marn Luther reminds us in his explanaon of the First Arcle of the Apostles’ Creed “that God has created me and all that exists…God daily and abundantly provides…all the necessies and nourishment for this body and life…out of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of mine at all!” It is in this relaonWhat does “contentment” feel like? This is a difficult queson in ship that we recognize that God has abundantly provided us with all that we need. Living in that abundance we give of the our current culture. When surveys have asked “How much is blessings we have received. enough?” responses have consistently been “Twenty percent more than I have now.” If that is true, how do we break the endless circle this leads us toward—it is always “twenty percent If we focus on the scarcity, we never have enough. When we more.” We are told over and over every day—“You don’t have focus on God’s abundant blessings, there is more than we can enough…What you have is fragile and could be gone at any mo- ever imagine. Recognizing God’s abundant blessings we experiment…You have to go get more!” These messages come from a ence Paul’s message to the Philippians in our own lives. We can world focused on scarcity. be content with what we have because we know that we are blessed and can “do all things through him who strengthens us.” In this seWng how do we understand our relaonship with God? God is creator—we are God’s creatures. How do we live in relaAs we look to the month of March, please know that your giving to the General Fund not only supports the ongoing ministries of Word of Peace, but also helps support these special additional events: • Senior High School / New Orleans Youth Gathering Peer Ministry Retreat • New Member Orientaon with over 30 households joining the congregaon • Adult Educaon, the ALPHA Course, and several Small Groups

• Lenten Suppers and Worship Services • Senior High School 30 Hour Famine raising money for World Vision • Men’s and Women’s Retreats • 5th Grade Keeping the Promise Event: Celebrate Communion

Coming Soon!

Peace Market, our annual church wide rummage sale will be the third week of April. Mark your calendars! Start cleaning out your basements, closets and garages for treasures to donate! Tuesday, April 17th, 12-8, Intake Wednesday, April 18th, 12-8, Intake Thursday, April 19th, 10-12 Intake, 5-8 Sale Friday, April 20th, 9-6 Sale Volunteer sign up will be in the Gathering Area on March 18, 19, 25 and 26! 4


Faith Forma on Ministry Vaca on Bible School Registra on begins Sunday, March 4 June 25-29, 2012 for children 4 yrs.– 5th grade

Registraon forms available at the Educaon office or at www.wordofpeace.org. Many volunteer leaders needed— Come be part of the fun!

Making Sense of the Cross Adult Lent Study Sunday Mornings at 9:30 and 11:00 am March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 The cross is a powerful symbol at the center of our faith. During Lent, enjoy an open and candid conversaon about the cross, its significance and symbolism. Reflect about the cross and its meaning in your life. Everyone is welcome!

ALPHA Retreat for all ALPHA Par cipants

Celebrate Communion Event for 5th Graders

Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11 Contact Pastor Rick with quesons at 763-496-2400.

Sunday, March 25, 2-5 pm Explore the meaning behind Holy Communion and why we receive this sacrament as followers of Jesus. Registraon forms available at the Educaon office or at www.wordofpeace.org

Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 1 at 2 pm For children infants through fourth grade. Filled Easter eggs will be needed beginning March 11.

Buy a Bible for a Word of Peace Child Bible Blast begins March 25 Due to the generosity of our congregaon we are able to gi3 a Bible to every three-year old, third grader, sixth grader and any child that does not have a Bible. Look for our Bible Blast Display to sponsor a Bible.

The Ten Commandments Hey Parents! First through fi3h graders are learning the Ten Commandments during their church school hour. Help them at home by exploring the Ten Commandments and their meanings as a family. Go to www.wordofpeace.org for a complete lisng of the Ten Commandments or call the Educaon office and we will provide you with a Small Catechism. Call Krisn at 763.496.2404.

Youth Ministry Middle School

High School

MSM.AM—MSM.AM stands for Middle School Ministry A.M. We meet two Sundays a month in the Youth Room from 9:30-10:30am for food, devoons and games. All 6th-8th graders are invited. This month’s MSM.AM dates are March 11th and 25th. See you there!

30 hour Famine—Have you ever had the desire to make a difference in the world? Do you know what it's like to be really hungry? This is your chance to do both. Join us for the 30 hour famine on March 9th and 10th to help raise money for starving children across the world. Our goal is to go without food for 30 hours and raise as much money while we do it. Check out Facebook, the WOPLC Website and Youth office for more informaon.

Summer Stretch—6th-12th Graders can sign up now for Summer Stretch. It’s all about having fun while doing important work in our community! We’re living out the meaning of Ma5hew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.” Grab an informaon packet/ registraon from outside the Youth Ministry office.

Youth Camp Deadline is March 4th—It’s me to turn in your form and deposit for Summer camp! Informaon and registraon forms can be found by the Youth Ministry office.

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Pastor Krista Strum Faith Formation Pastor

Why?

This is a queson that as a parent, former teacher,

and now pastor, I get asked a lot. Why is the sky blue? Why do I need to eat my peas? Why do I need to sit down and be quiet? Why do bad things happen? Why??? One of the things I love about children and adolescents is their inquisive nature, their willingness to ask quesons. Unfortunately for some, as we age we tend to ask less quesons or believe that their quesons are foolish or insignificant. This is unfortunate because both faith and knowledge are formed through quesoning, exploring, and wondering. Let’s spend some me this Lent intenonally reflecng and wondering. Let’s take some me to wonder about a symbol that is central to our lives of faith… something very visible in our daily lives… The Cross. Have you ever wondered…

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Why does the cross maer so much to Chris!ans? Why did God use such violent means? How do we share this story with our children? What does the cross say about God? You have the opportunity to join with the pastors and others from Word of Peace in a special 6-week Lenten event, Making Sense of the Cross. We will have a 10-15 minute lesson by David Lose from Luther Seminary, and we will spend some me reflecng on the presentaon materials, and asking quesons. All are welcome to join us for this study.

Pastor Krista Strum Faith Formaon Pastor 6

NEWSLETTER SUBMISSIONS Contact Jennie Priebe in the church office at 496-2401 or jpriebe@woplc.org. April newsle,er deadline: March 16 at Noon


MARCH Sermons & Texts

March 4 & 5

March 18 & 19

SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT Pastor Rick Skare

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT Pastor Krista Strum “Hide it Under a Bushel? NO!”

“What Does it Mean to ‘Take Up the Cross?’ ” We are called by Jesus not only to walk behind him on his way to the cross, but we are also called to take up the cross and follow. Scripture Readings: Mark 8:31-38; Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25; Psalm 22:23-31

March 11 & 12 THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT Pastor Ron Prasek “Jesus Launches Occupy Temple Protest” When we look at some of the great human organizaons that have gone out of business, we need always to look at ourselves and our church so that we remain true to God’s Purpose for us. Scripture Readings: John 2:13-22; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19

“For God so loved the world” is emblemac of the central message of the Chrisan faith. We see John 3:16 at sporng events, on posters and helmets, etched on jewelry and even on coffee cups. But the citaon isn’t going to root the gospel on people’s lives. It is an encounter with the light of Christ that transforms us. Scripture Readings: John 3:14-21; Numbers 21:49; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10

March 25 & 26 FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT Pastor Ron Prasek “We Wish to See Jesus” Persons living or dead whom people would like to have dinner with, Jesus is always in the top five. While we can’t see him with our physical eyes, we can see Jesus with the eyes of our Heart. Scripture Readings: Hebrews 5:5-10; Psalm 51:112; Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-33

Lenten Worship Wednesdays beginning February 29th

5:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner Youth fundraiser

Worship Services at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer Service and Lenten Dramas

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Non-Profit Org. US Postage PAID ROGERS, MN PERMIT NO. 9

P.O. B)* 306 R)./01, MN 55374

Change Service Requested

Sundays 8:00 a.m. Traditional 9:30 a.m. Blended 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Mondays 6:30 p.m. Contemporary

Lenten Worship Wednesdays through March 28 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer Service and Lenten Dramas

Palm Sunday•April 1 Worship at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday•April 5 Worship at 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday •April 6 12 Noon and 6:30 p.m. Tenebrae Worship 8:00 p.m. Passion Experience Worship

Easter Worship•April 7 & 8 Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 7:30, 9:00, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast Served on Sunday Morning


Peace Notes (March 2012)